The days of cubicles are gone, and employees are expecting more from their business when it comes to office layout design. But comfy chairs and colorful art aren’t necessarily what workers are looking for.

Flexibility is a boon for any person who spends eight or more hours a day in an office space. Sitting has been dubbed “the new cancer” by the American Cancer Society, and everybody in an office should have the freedom to move around, stand and essentially work anywhere they want. But, legacy networks can limit that ability with the new trend of video quickly approaching.

What employees really want in an office

You can see how far office spaces have come by comparing the luxury found in tech companies like Alphabet and Facebook to the rigidity seen in the TV show, “The Office.” Mobility is key, as having to stay in the same chair, staring at the same screen in the same cubicle day after day can keep employees in a depressed rhythm.

“Roaming employees can increase network stress when watching videos.”

FastCompany pointed out two new trends in office space design are making use of large common areas and getting rid of permanent layouts. This is where employees can meet, engage with other workers, find out information and switch things up when the work begins to get repetitive.

This change in philosophy is difficult for some businesses with legacy networks, as the bandwidth will be stretched, as will the limits of the network. This becomes increasingly difficult if the company is currently undergoing changes in internal communication. Many enterprises are now beginning to use video on a wide scale to account for onboarding and dissemination of corporate news, but it can be challenging for a legacy network to support this even when the computers are plugged in by Ethernet cables. When you move all of this pressure to Wi-Fi capability, it can cause issues beyond a longer buffer time for videos.

Network infrastructure built even just a few years ago wasn’t created with video in mind. It takes up a vast amount of resources that many offices simply do not have, and spreading employees out across a floor plan only adds another challenge. Ultimately, if a company isn’t careful, major downtime can be expected when these two fairly large changes are done in tandem.

Where office space flexibility and video meet

There are two keywords in businesses nowadays – flexibility and scalability. Enterprise growth can only be achieved when network infrastructure allows for it. Thankfully, a software-defined enterprise content delivery network has the ability to transform how companies view these two words.

Two bored business people listening to a businessman

Employees would rather hear company announcements through video on their own time, at their own luxury.

Companies have a hard time scaling when their network doesn’t allow for it. It can be incredibly difficult to implement video on a wide basis for a number of reasons:

  1. Bandwidth usage becomes strained when employees aren’t hardwired into the network.
  2. Video can slow down a network, which can bring down otherwise routine applications and tasks.

An SD-ECDN provides ultimate scalability and security by rerouting video bandwidth usage away from a legacy network. This means a company doesn’t need to completely reconfigure its entire network as it enters a stage of hyper growth.

With this in mind, companies can experiment with office space designs knowing that their networks won’t be bogged down by all the continuous movement and access from Wi-Fi. An SD-ECDN works to keep a network free and flexible, while simultaneously providing unparalleled video access.

Before you move desks around in your office, take a moment to consider how all the movement will play into your network capabilities. If you foresee increased video use for internal communications purposes moving forward, it may make sense to implement an SD-ECDN.